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UV9411 – Research traditions in the field of higher education: Key contributions and recent developments

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Course content

This course is offered by Track 4 in the research school NATED, and devoted to examine paradigmatic positions, key interests and recent developments within the research traditions that are covered by the track.  Over the two days we will examine and discuss research on policy processes, professional development and learning in higher education with respect to how research in these areas is organized, and how the research strands develop in interaction with changing expectations and conditions for higher education. Special attention will be given to their levels and units of analysis, and their prevailing methodological approaches. We will also discuss how the participants’ projects are positioned in this research field, and how contributions from the various research traditions work together to inform the development of higher education.

Learning outcome

After completing the course the students will:

  • Be familiar with key questions and recent developments within research on higher education governance and policy processes, professional programmes and student learning;
  • Be able to identify and assess contributions and units of analysis in empirical higher education research;
  • Be able to position and articulate their own research issues in relation to these traditions.


PhD candidates enrolled in NATED will be given priority, but it is also possible for other PhD candidates to apply for the course.

Candidates admitted to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Educational Sciences should apply through StudentWeb

Other applicants may apply using this application form

Deadline for registration: 10 May 2015.


Duration: Two days

Dates: 28-29 May 2015

You will find the timetable and literature on the semester webpage for this course.

The course will comprise lectures by the course leaders and guest lecturer Sari Lindbom-Ylänne, as well as group sessions in which the participants will analyze and discuss key articles from the reading list. Some papers from the participants may be presented and discussed in the course.


To obtain 1 study point 80% attendance in the course is required.

To obtain 3 study points participants need to submit a paper (5-7 pages, Times New Roman 12, line spacing 1,5). 80% attendance is required.

Papers should make use of (parts of) the course literature to a) discuss a key question in the selected research tradition and its recent developments, or b) examine how themes from the course are addressed in their own PhD project.

Candidates who want their papers considered for presentation in the course should submit their papers within 1 May 2015.

Deadline for submitting papers after the course is 22 June 2015.

Papers are to be submitted electronically to Monika B. Nerland ( with a copy to Olga Mukhina (

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Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

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Spring 2015

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